Paul Lawrie 'disappointed' with Great Britain & Ireland withdrawals

Ian Poulter
Peter Lawrie says that he would never withdraw from the Seve Trophy as many of Great Britain & Ireland's top stars have ahead of next week's event against Europe.

Paul Lawrie has said that it is "extremely disappointing" to see Great Britain and Ireland's stars withdraw from next week's Seve Trophy at Golf de Saint-Nom-la-Breteche.

Rory McIlroy, Justin Rose, Graeme McDowell, Luke Donald, Lee Westwood and Ian Poulter - all six of GB&I's qualifiers - have opted out of the biennial event against Europe, allowing Lawrie the chance to play.

"If they all played, I wouldn't have got a game, which I think would have been OK with me," Sky Sports News quotes the 44-year-old as saying. "You want the strongest team, you want two teams going at each other at full strength.

"As it is these guys are not playing and I'm getting a game, which I'm delighted about. I'd walk to Paris to play on that team next week, I would have done whatever it would have taken.

"I think it's important. You're representing GB&I, you're representing Seve and what he stood for, for Europe. He started it all off for us. I personally would never turn down playing in that. I think it's extremely disappointing that a lot of the guys are not playing."

Sam Torrance will lead the GB&I team in France.

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